Donor Milk Program
Palmetto Health implemented a Donor Milk Program to provide nourishing human breast milk products to ill, premature babies in Palmetto Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Units and NICUs around the country. Eligible mothers within the community can now donate their excess breast milk to help premature infants in need. Palmetto Health partnered with Prolacta Bioscience to provide standardized and pasteurized human milk-based formulations for these little babies. The nutritional products are sold to the hospitals for use in the NICU to provide the nutrition these fragile babies need.
Often with mothers of premature infants, their own breast milk does not come in as early as their babies arrive. Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk for the first year of life. These human milk products produced from the Palmetto Health Donor Milk Program will provide the benefits of a 100 percent human milk diet to premature babies.
Nursing mothers who want to help can be prequalified to make sure they are healthy enough to donate. Review the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the qualification, pumping, freezing and shipping processes. You may also be eligible to be reimbursed for your breast pump.